President Muhamadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of his administration in tackling robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes across our nation.
The president gave the assurance during an independence day broadcast on Tuesday morning in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He noted that the Ministry of Police Affairs has been resuscitated to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security.
“My recent assent to the Nigerian Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act has created a legal framework to support our Police with increased fiscal resources to enhance their law enforcement capabilities.
“These initiatives are being complemented by the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force. This clearly demonstrates our commitment to arrest the incidence of armed robbery, kidnapping and other violent crimes across our nation.”
He pointed that he is equally resolute in the efforts to combat militant attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta and accelerate the Ogoni Clean-up to address long-standing environmental challenges in that region.
He also noted that the recent redeployment of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs underscores his commitment to enhancing the living standards of people in the Niger Delta, through coordinated and appropriate programmes.
He also stated that his administration’s attention is increasingly being focused on cyber-crimes and the abuse of technology through hate speech and other divisive material being propagated on social media.
“Whilst we uphold the Constitutional rights of our people to freedom of expression and association, where the purported exercise of these rights infringes on the rights of other citizens or threatens to undermine our National Security, we will take firm and decisive action.
“In this regard, I reiterate my call for all to exercise restraint, tolerance and mutual respect in airing their grievances and frustrations. Whilst the ongoing national discourse on various political and religious issues is healthy and welcome, we must not forget the lessons of our past – lessons that are most relevant on a day such as this.
While noting that the path of hatred and distrust only leads to hostility and destruction, President Buhari believes that the vast majority of Nigerians would rather tread the path of peace and prosperity.